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Category: Archaeology

Members of the Israel Antiquities Authority investigate damage at the Cave of the Skulls. (Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority)

Gang of Robbers Nabbed While Looting Ancient Cave in Israel

Six men caught looting historical artifacts from an ancient desert cave in Israel last weekend may have been searching for undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls.

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The Truth About Poland’s “Vampire” Burials

A new study finds that men and women buried as vampires in 17th and 18th century Poland were not—as previously believed—immigrants to the region.

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Famed “Lucy” Fossils Discovered in Ethiopia, 40 Years Ago

On November 24, 1974, scientists in Africa unearthed the skeleton of one of humanity’s oldest ancestors, a pint-sized Australopithecus they nicknamed “Lucy.”

Can scientists clone a woolly mammoth?

Can Scientists Clone a Woolly Mammoth? Should They?

Scientists seeking to clone the long-extinct woolly mammoth may have found the best hope yet of achieving their controversial goal.

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Archaeologists Uncover 5,000-Year-Old Human Footprints in Denmark

Scientists excavating a site on the Danish island of Lolland recently uncovered two sets of footprints that they believe were made by Stone Age fishermen.

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Archaeologists Reveal City Ruled By Genghis Khan’s Heirs

Archaeologists working along the Volga River in Russia have uncovered the remains of a 750-year-old city ruled by the descendants of Mongol warrior Genghis Khan.

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Archaeologists Unearth Giant Sphinx—in California

California archaeologists have unearthed a piece of Hollywood history—a plaster sphinx from the 1923 Cecil B. DeMille epic “The Ten Commandments.”

A technical diver examines the Antikythera shipwreck. (Credit: Brett Seymour/Return to Antikythera 2014)

Divers Excavate Greek Shipwreck Dubbed “Ancient Titanic”

Recent excavations of a ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago near the Greek island of Antikythera have yielded some astonishing new discoveries.

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Amphipolis Tomb May Belong to Alexander the Great’s Mother

A pair of caryatids–or pillars made of sculpted female figures–found at the massive Greek burial complex may hint at the identity of the tomb’s occupant.

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700-Year-Old Skeletons Found Holding Hands

Archeologists excavating the Chapel of St. Morrell in England have uncovered a pair of skeletons that have been holding hands for the past 700 years.

Partial view of excavation site in Amphipolis, Greece (Credit: AP Photo/Alexander Michaliidis)

Tomb Dating From the Time of Alexander the Great Found in Northern Greece

The Greek government has announced that an “extremely important” tomb has been found in northern Greece, sparking speculation about who may be buried inside.

Pierced skull front of one of the bodies discovered near Alken Enge (Credit: Aarhus University)

Evidence of Gruesome Ancient Ritual Unearthed in Denmark

Danish archeologists have found evidence that the bodies of a vanquished Iron Age army were ritualistically desecrated as part of a grisly religious sacrifice

Excavations at the Binchester site (Credit: University of Durham)

Roman Ruins in Britain Hailed as “Pompeii of the North”

New discoveries at an ancient fort in County Durham offer an 1,800-year-old glimpse into daily life in Roman Britain.